In English Bay off West Point Grey in Vancouver lies an ideal spot for catching Dungeness Crabs - a wonderful delight to eat. My first experience crabbing was dropping a trap off a friend’s boat en route to Chinook Salmon fishing in the Geogria Straight. It’s not unusual to catch your limit on Spanish Banks if you know what you’re doing and to buy the equivalent at the local fish market will cost you almost $100.
This summer some friends and I went out in Kayaks and were quite successful at catching our limits. Google maps on the iPhone helped us to locate the trap after a paddle around the bay. Being on the water with a 3G connected smartphone is pretty handy.
On another occasion, while trolling on a Salmon fishing mission after having dropped the trap, we pondered how many crabs had entered the trap. At the same time internet radio streamed care of the iPhone’s 3G internet. I got thinking how cool it would be if we had a 3G link to a web camera down below to show us what was inside. Next thing you know I was drawing up plans for an autonomous crabbing vessel.